About Gique

Gique is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which exists to inspire and educate youth in science, technology, engineering, art, & math (STEAM) through community educational programs. Gique targets students with limited access to STEAM education and resources, and designs experiential, hands-on learning experiences to help students engage with STEAM concepts.

By embracing the intersection of art and technology, students will learn to identify and apply their skills and passions in real world environments, leading to higher academic engagement and career opportunity. Over time, we hope to provide ArtScience education to students around the world building a STEAM-powered community full of the next great thinkers, leaders, and makers.

 

Our Mission

  • To create awareness of the importance of STEAM in our education system

  • To engage students in hands-on STEAM curriculum and experiments

  • To create space for students to explore, think, and reflect on their learning experiences

  • To help students identify skills, passions, and career potential in STEAM

  • To build a community of STEAM-powered innovators


 
“Study the science of art. Study the art of science.
Develop your senses- especially learn how to see.
Realize that everything connects to everything else.” 
— Leonardo da Vinci
 

Meet Our Team

Danielle Olson  |  BIO
dani@gique.me

Founder + President

Danielle Olson is a Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at MIT and works as a Research Assistant in the Imagination, Computation, and Expressions (ICE) Lab within the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Danielle graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from MIT in 2014. While at MIT,  in addition to founding Gique  Danielle served as an MIT Media Lab researcher, MIT Cheerleading Squad Captain, & first Student Ambassador to the MIT Office of Minority Education. Following her graduation from MIT, Danielle worked as a Program Manager at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center. Danielle has also previously worked as Summer Program Coordinator for the MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) at the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs.

Phil Getzen  |  BIO
phil@gique.me

Co-Founder + Vice President

Phil Getzen is a Product Manager at Twitter where he works for the video consumption team based in Cambridge, MA. His past experiences include working as a Program Manager at Microsoft and a Campus Representative for Apple at Michigan State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science in 2013. He is also a Founder and former Developer for TempoRun, LLC, which produces iOS apps.

Ashli Davis-Polanco  |  BIO
ashli@gique.me

Co-Founder + Executive Director

Ashli is a Boston native who enjoys combining her love for dance with her passion for STEM. She attended Boston and Lowell Public schools before attending MIT, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 2012. While at MIT, Ashli performed and competed with several hip-hop dance teams at MIT and throughout Boston area. She has previously worked as a Process Development Associate at the Broad Institute's Technology Development Lab and is now pursuing her PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She is also a licensed Zumba choreographer instructor in Boston.

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Vanessa Gregorchik  |  BIO

Communications Intern

Vanessa Gregorchik is an undergraduate student at Northeastern University where she is studying Interaction Design. She is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, where she was involved with her high school's yearbook and several independent magazines. At Northeastern, she is looking forward to getting involved with the campus music magazine and design studio. She is passionate about photography and graphic design and using them for a greater purpose.

 

Annie Garcia  |  BIO
annie@gique.me

Education Program Intern

Annie is an undergraduate student at Wellesley College where she is studying Environmental Studies and Environmental Engineering. She is from Laredo, Texas where she was actively involved in a local environmental organization and her high school’s drama club. She hopes to one day enter the fields of energy and construction. Her passions lie with with renewable design, environmental activism, sewing, and baking.


Thank You To Our Advisors!

Lou Goldish, Peter Dublin  MIT Venture Mentoring Services

Judy Sanford, Maureen O'Connell  Cone Communications

Nina Kryza, Justin Broxton — IBM